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Progressive Business Publications Reviews

Updated Jun 30, 2014
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3.7 68 reviews

77% Approve of the CEO

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Ed Satell

(56 ratings)

73% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Casual work environment, realistic bosses usually willing to help out(in 11 reviews)

  • Strong record of giving back to the community(in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Vacation time, no natural light, company culture could be improved because the company seems silo'd at times between different business units(in 4 reviews)

  • Upper management should be given an office(in 4 reviews)

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Good Experience

    Branch Manager (Former Employee) Williamsport, PA

    ProsGreat management training program. Opportunities are there for those who want it.

    ConsSome of the upper level managers are shortsighted.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more open about the direction of the company and the long-term strategy.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    7 people found this helpful  

    My Job Is Rewarding

    Rather Not Say (Current Employee) Malvern, PA

    ProsMy job is rewarding. I know the work I do is benefiting various types of individuals and therefore organizations all over the country. Everyday is different for me so it keeps it fresh. While every job has a sense of monotony, the nature of what we do – providing educational materials to business minded folk – provides enough variety to keep it interesting. I am well respected by my boss and I am never micro-managed. While I am guided, I have found that in this company, if you are organized and good with time management you will be treated as the adult you should be in a corporate setting. You are set up for success and led to make “executive decisions” which also makes for a better work environment. Holding employees accountable for their decisions, creativity, and behavior is essential to a successful company.

    A lot of companies preach an “open door policy” but I must stress how true this is at PBP. I always feel I am “heard” when I have an idea, propose a process, or simply voice my opinion about how I perceive something happening in the office or company. That to me is the most important part of any job.

    ConsAs with every job, of course it has its "cons". Our area in the building is very cold everyday, no matter the weather outside. We do have a space heater though. Also, who doesn’t want to make more money? I have had wage increases as I have moved up and into various positions with different responsibilities but of course I hope to get more responsibility eventually and therefore make more money.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Everyone was so supportive and encouraging

    Assistant Editor (Former Employee) Malvern, PA

    ProsI began work at PBP as an administrative assistant in the special events department. It wasn't my dream job, but the people were all very nice and the work was enjoyable. As I expressed interest and showed ability, my supervisor was happy to allow me to branch out into different types of tasks and areas of the company. Some of the wonderful things I got to do while working at PBP include assisting with the design of the line of greeting cards and developing a dance team with a few elementary school students that attend a school the PBP sponsors. I was also encouraged to apply for a position in the editorial department, even though it took me away from my admin duties. Everyone was happy to give me opportunities and support my goals from the beginning of my time there (I was even able to telecommute part time). It was difficult to leave such a welcoming and encouraging group of people when I had to take my leave due to relocating for my husband's work.

    ConsThere were a few things that bothered me with the editorial work. One of them was having to do cold calls, mostly because I am not a terribly confident person on the phone. Another was the strictness of the format of how they write the articles for the newsletter, but that's what works for them and it's something that you just have to learn how to do.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt would have been encouraged to research articles more before writing them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    7 people found this helpful  

    Hard work rewarded with opportunity

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIf you put in the work and time to learn about the company you will be rewarded with increased responsibility and opportunity.
    You are always encouraged to try new things and new approaches which is a refreshing change from other organizations I have worked for.
    Very involved in the community and believes in and encourages giving back - something that is missing in many companies today.

    ConsMore vacation time would be nice, but I have learned from past experience, sometimes you pay for more vacation time through unpaid/unrecognized overtime.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    great people, family friendly enviornment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Malvern, PA

    ProsThe people are fantastic at PBP. They are supportive and helpful and all levels are approachable. It is a great place to work, either to gain experience as a younger worker or if you have the opportunity to come in as a more senior level contributor.

    ConsThe salaries are on the low side and there is very little room to make large financial gains there. If you do your negotiation on the front end, you will be happy but dont think you will get merit raises for a job well done.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNot to offer one size fits all benefits. There is a good package but, for example, a strong 401k is not the most important thing to someone just out of college.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Neutral

    Account Manager (Former Employee) Malvern, PA

    ProsBenefits from day one; flexible for PTO. Laid back environment.

    ConsMy position was in sales; the commission on the actual sale was ridiculously low and there was tax onto of that. What is fully expected a person was not laid out.

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove internal communication. Invest in employee motivatio

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    Neutral opinion, whats good is great but low pay

    Sales Representative (Current Employee) Howland Corners, OH

    ProsAwesome schedule, will work with anything you have going on: school, kids, appointments and the like. All members of management are approachable... a TRUE open door policy.

    ConsVery high turn over, I am fearful if this is the day I will be let go, every day i go in. I am into my fifth week and have seen more than 10 people let go, and even more than that just stop showing up within their first and second week. Sales is difficult and not for everybody. Pay is min wage.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake more time to coach your reps.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

    Progressive Business Publications Business Team Manager responded to this review

    May 8, 2014

    We actively recruit new talent into our sales organization and are always looking for the best people. Sales is a difficult profession and we work very hard as a company to provide our reps with the ... More

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    Business to Business telemarketing

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSome of the people you talked to were great

    ConsA lot of the people you worked with, were not professional at all

    Advice to Senior ManagementScreen applicants better

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    Taught myself how to recognize the different types of people, for better sales tactics.

    Sales Representative (Former Employee) Bensalem, PA

    ProsThe upbeat personalities of my coworkers helped me to open up and learn better people skills.

    ConsCalling people who do not want to be called and bothered, instead of using a referral system. Bothering small and large companies during their work times and not later in the day.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore training programs, mock sales. Meetings based on the cycles we are in now and not the future ones. To do referrals and not random call tactics.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Positive about the future

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Malvern, PA

    ProsI have been able to work with some autonomy and grow the business segments within the realm of my responsibility. My role has not changed, but I have been able to better define the role and increase expectations and results. I enjoy those I work with, am challenged to by the fact there is more I can do to improve processes towards increasing revenue for the company and my division.

    ConsLow salary, but have been able to grow income through incentives.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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